Following a brief illness, “Bill” died peacefully during his afternoon nap at Arbor Ridge Extended Care at Riderwood Village in Silver Spring (MD), on Friday, February 5th, 2016. He was 95.
Born in Buffalo, NY on August 27, 1920 to Vladislav Margel and Veronica Mazur, Bill grew up in Poland, and was pressed into farm and factory work at German forced-labor camps during WW II. In 1947, he was repatriated to the United States, and after a short stay in Buffalo, relocated to Roselle Park (NJ), where he met and married his wife, Susan Bondra.
He and Susan established their home in Linden (NJ), where they raised their two children and remained for over 30 years. Following a 22-year career as a maintenance mechanic at Continental Copper & Steel’s Hatfield Wire & Cable Division in Linden (NJ),
Bill and Susan retired in 1984 to a new home at Holiday City at Berkeley in Toms River (NJ). Bill became an active and “expert” bocce player, and also enjoyed riding his bicycle, sunbathing and fishing at the beach, singing, gardening, and exercise-walking with his wife.
Bill and Susan relocated to the Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring (MD) in 2010.
Bill is survived by two sisters, Leokadia Kwiecien (Poland) and Jean Zaharchuk (Littleton, CO), his daughter Bernadette Margel and her spouse Gail Hoffer (Elkridge, MD), and his son William Walter Margel, wife Mary (née Kwiecien), and their two children Lauren Holly and James Michael (Clark, NJ).
Immediately following a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church in Linden (NJ) on Thursday, February 18th, Bill was interred with his wife at Woodbridge Memorial Gardens in Woodbridge (NJ).
Expressions of condolence may be mailed to the family, and/or left in the BOLESLAW MARGEL memorial e-file at www.lehrergibilisco.com.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, Bill and his family ask that tax-deductible donations be made to: “The Riderwood Benevolent Care Fund” and marked “In memory of Boleslaw Margel”. Checks may be mailed to:
Riderwood Philanthropy Department, 3110 Gracefield Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20904-1820